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Trip Information
Name: Tantalus Big Mountain Steep Ski Trip
Starts: Wed Mar 28, 2018
Meetup: TBD
Return: Fri Mar 30, 2018

Registration opens: Sat Mar 03, 2018
Event category: Backcountry Skiing
Difficulty grade: B4  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 4

Organizer: Simon Hutton
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

1. Do you have AST 1 and how many years of Steep Skiing experience do you have?

2. Do you have Mountaineering & Rescue experience / training? Please explain.

3. Can you ski runs like Sudan Couloir, Hawaii 5.0, Banana Chute, NW Face of Fissile, with ownership and strong technique?

4. What Ski Mountaineering have you done, have you climbed steep peaks / couloirs to ski them, which ones?

5. Are you will to commit to ski with the group twice before March 18th.

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Participant Information

Trip Duration: 3 days 2 nights

Group Size: 3-4

Location: Haberl Hut, Tantalus Range 

Objectives: High Angle Steep Skiing & Skills Development

Costs: $1050 approximately, for Helicopter Drop and Pick-Up, ACMG Guide, and Accommodation

Role of Organizer: Participant and outdoor enthusiast, dreaming of Tantalus for decades, no financial interest in trip whatsoever

Dates: confirmed March 28-30 (if bird cannot fly, another similar set of objectives will be pursued)

Participant Requirements: AST1, substantial steep skiing experience, some steep mountaineering experience, rescue training, strong fitness. If interested please respond to the Questions

Gear Required: Ski Mountaineering equipment, steep ski descent gear, all Avy safety gear. Full gear list to be circulated.

Trip Description: The Tantalus Range has some of the most aesthetic and formidable steep lines in the Coastal Range. This trip is intended for expert skiers seeking to ski steep exposed and often high consequence terrain on angles 45+ degrees in one of the more magical environments on offer; and simultaneously improve their big mountain skills by utilizing a local ACMG guide. 

The use of the Guide will allow the group to improve its mountain skills in this high-angle environment, ensure a high degree of hazard management, and maximize skiing time by allowing the group to tap into the local knowledge and expertise of the guide. Note this trip is not intended to improve skiing skills. Expert steep skiing skills are required to participate but you need not be a expert mountaineer, but you must be able to manage yourself on steep high consequence terrain with an ice and crampons. 

With the access challenges as they are, a helicopter will be used to access Haberl Hut, from Squamish, for a drop and pick up.

Here is a link to last year's trip.  


Here is another video that showcases some of the terrain on offer.


 Participants will not be selected on a first come first serve basis but on their respective skill set. Please take care to answer the questions. 

The goal is to have FUN and manage safety under the best circumstances possible :-)

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Simon Hutton Grade: B3 Start: Fri 22 Dec '17
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Backcountry in the slack country, ski fresh lines on Flute backside and surrounding area of Musical Bumps
Simon Hutton Grade: 5H_Angle Start: Wed 29 Mar '17
M:4, C:4, W:0
High Angle Steep Skiing - Mountain Skills Development in Tantalus for 3 Days with ACMG Guide that knows the terrain
Simon Hutton Grade: 4 Steep Start: Sun 5 Feb '17
M:5, C:4, W:11
Day Long Focus on Steep Couloir Lines in Whistler Slack-Country (conditions permitting)
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